For those wondering how to become an Uber driver in London, we put together the most important information to get you through every step — from signing up with Uber and preparing your PCO licence application to meeting the PHV licence requirements and getting a PHV insurance.
This process might seem complicated and filled with paperwork, but Splend is here to help. With our flexible PCO car rental plans, you can choose the perfect car for your needs and receive full support to get you on the road on day 1.
If you want to join Uber in London and get Uber support, here are the general steps you need to take:
PCO stands for the Public Carriage Office, which is a department of Transport for London (TfL).
The PCO licence is an essential document that allows you to drive for Uber or other rideshare apps in London. It’s basically a licence for you, as a driver.
Its official name is Private Hire Driver Licence (PCO licence), but most people simply call it a PCO licence. Don’t let this confuse you.
Here are the general steps you need to follow:
As part of your PCO application, you need to complete an enhanced background check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). A DBS check for private hire drivers is necessary because it determines that you are suitable to drive the public and it also helps your future passengers feel safer.
Complete the Private Hire Medical form. Print the TPH/204 medical form and have it signed by your General Practitioner. If your GP does not offer the eye test, you’ll need to do it elsewhere.
You must confirm that you’re allowed to work in the UK. For that, you will need to fill an online check completed by TfL on the Government website after you submit the PCO licence application. If something is not clear, you might be asked to provide extra documents for a manual check. If you have lived outside the UK in the past 3 years, for 3 months or more, you have to complete the Living and working abroad form.
Before taking the English test, you must complete the online Safeguarding Awareness training course. This course contains important information on protecting children and vulnerable adults at risk from harm and abuse, a topic covered by the SERU assessment from the TfL English test.
In order to be an Uber driver in London, TfL requires a good level of English language. For proving your skills, you need to take a test that consists of two parts:
To do this, register here, sign in and follow the instructions.
Once you’ve submitted your Private Hire Driver licence application, you will be invited to take a topography test with TfL (map-reading).
The general Uber car requirements in London are rather flexible and are not that difficult to meet:
Additionally, Transport for London (TfL) requires that private hire vehicles licenced for the first time:
Since TfL is the authority granting the PHV licence you need to drive your car with Uber, it’s important to make sure you comply with both Uber and TfL requirements.
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The PHV licence is the same as the PCO licence, except it’s a licence for your car. It proves that your car meets ridesharing service standards and that it’s been approved by TfL.
Depending on the situation, you may need additional documents:
Once you have all documents ready, the next step is to apply for a PHV licence online.
The next step is to have your car inspected. You can either book an appointment at one of TfL’s licenced inspection centres or you can call the vehicle contact centre on 0343 222 5555.
In order to use your car for ridesharing, you must have a Private hire insurance (PHV insurance), that’s slightly different from a standard personal car insurance. Uber doesn’t offer any kind of insurance to its drivers, so you’re in charge of this aspect. However, they do partner with various insurance providers, like Acorn, Inshur, and Zego, where you can easily get Uber-approved rideshare insurance.
There are 3 levels of PHV cover you can choose from:
Additionally, Uber drivers also need to take out public liability cover. This covers any claims made against you by passengers or members of the general public who may be involved in an accident while you’re driving.
If you need help with anything, you can contact Uber for support via:
How much Uber drivers make depend more or less on how much time you spend driving. While it’s always good to manage your expectations and consider maintenance expenses, insurance, and other taxes, it’s only up to you to become a 5-star Uber driver and maximise your earnings. When estimating your earnings, don’t forget to include your costs as a rideshare driver as well, from fuel, car maintenance, insurance to paying the ULEZ charge, Congestion charge or airport fees, like the Heathrow or Stansted drop-off charge.
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All Splend cars have a valid PHV licence, so once your personal documents are in order, you can just start driving and let us handle any paperwork.
The weekly subscription fee includes comprehensive rideshare insurance. Besides being covered in case of an accident, this means less paperwork for you.
As a Splend Customer, you receive a dedicated Customer Specialist to support you to become successful on the roads. They provide you with business mentoring, offer tips & tricks support, and data-driven feedback.
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Our customers never have to worry about wear and tear or warranty issues. New tires, oil changes, brake pads – you name it, we cover it.
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When you become a Splend customer, you also get access to the Splend Customer App, which allows you to track earnings and expenses. You will also be enrolled into our Driver Success Program which uses real-time data to provide feedback on improving your driving behaviour. This helps decrease fuel or charging costs, as well as the chance of being involved in an accident.
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